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    $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    I'm trying to build a budget system for my Equinox, I have no knowledge of what I am doing, any and all feedback is greatly appreciated. I'm a little gun shy, and not willing to pull the trigger on my purchase. I've included everything I can think of without the wiring. I'll be purchasing that through crutchfield due to the discounts I would be getting.

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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    SSA Dcon + enclosure you would build = $200-$250 and would be my choice for sub stage at that budget and power level.

    I would also consider other components.

    Lastly, many people here will tell you to leave out the rears entirely and enhance the front stage only. If you did this, a 4-channel would work. Front channels for the front components, rear channels bridged to the woofer.

    Just food for thought.

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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    I can see how the rears could end up being obsolete, and the money saved from that, and downsizing to a 4-channel would allow for more purchasing power for the sub/ amp. What I'm unsure of, being a first timer, is whats going to happen to the treble?




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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    What kind of budget are you trying to stay within and what type of output are you trying to achieve?




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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jordan Cole View Post
    I can see how the rears could end up being obsolete, and the money saved from that, and downsizing to a 4-channel would allow for more purchasing power for the sub/ amp. What I'm unsure of, being a first timer, is whats going to happen to the treble?
    It'll still be there. It's preferential whether to have rears or not.



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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    The budget I'm looking at is $800-$1200. I'm not looking to break windows (at this budget, probably not) but I am looking to up the game from my factory system.




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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    for $1000 i can give you a much better set up than that?
    3 10 inch mtx 4500, in an mtx enclosure
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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    Quote Originally Posted by wone View Post
    for $1000 i can give you a much better set up than that?
    3 10 inch mtx 4500, in an mtx enclosure
    a brand new kenwood 1000
    an alpine 4 channel
    and a nice doubled din.
    door speakers i dont have
    No.



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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    If you went for cone area and enclosure efficiency, you'd be surprised by how much air you could potentially move.



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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bumpin' Goalie View Post
    If you went for cone area and enclosure efficiency, you'd be surprised by how much air you could potentially move.
    These are the type of answers I'm after. Cone area, closure efficiency, all new terms to me. Brands to avoid, brands to look at, 4ch, 5ch, mono with a decent head unit. This went from an almost impulse buy to a totally intricate decision. Thanks to everyone.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumpin' Goalie View Post
    If you went for cone area and enclosure efficiency, you'd be surprised by how much air you could potentially move.
    Yeah? And? That is true, if that's the OP's goal. That has nothing to do with recommending a set of MTX anythings in an MTX box with a Kenwood amp. Just...no.



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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    As far as your sub setup. I think you first need to decide whether you will build your own box or not. You can get designs from guys on here but you'll have to build it or have it built. A proper design and build is what's going to maximize efficiency. Unfortunately no box you can buy as best buy is going to compare. For some people, building or having built is not an option, or not in the budget, leaving them with no choice but to go with a prefab box. What I can say is this, if you go prefab, stay with a sealed enclosure. Once again, we need to know as some subs work better in sealed enclosures so we'd want to recommend those. To be honest, if a proper box isn't in the budget, I'd get the rest of your setup and wait until you have the funds so you can do it right. I, as well as just about everyone on here, can tell you what happens when you rush. You did a smart thing by holding off and coming here.

    Now, if a proper box is a possibility, you need to go measure the dimensions you have available. You also need to decide how much of that space you're willing to lose. This will help us determine a sub that will work nicely in the airspace you're willing to give up.



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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    Quote Originally Posted by LaserRed38 View Post
    Yeah? And? That is true, if that's the OP's goal. That has nothing to do with recommending a set of MTX anythings in an MTX box with a Kenwood amp. Just...no.
    I did not recommend any such things. Different poster did. And I was informing the OP of something he did not seem to already have knowledge of. Exploring possibilities. Don't be so quick to jump, because you may fall

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaserRed38 View Post
    Yeah? And? That is true, if that's the OP's goal. That has nothing to do with recommending a set of MTX anythings in an MTX box with a Kenwood amp. Just...no.
    Bumpin' has been very helpful, wone is the person with the MTX suggestion. I might not know much, but I have been told to avoid that brand.




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    Re: $1K build 2005 Equinox. First time attempting anything audio related.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bumpin' Goalie View Post
    I did not recommend any such things. Different poster did. And I was informing the OP of something he did not seem to already have knowledge of. Exploring possibilities. Don't be so quick to jump, because you may fall

    No hard feelings though, eh?
    Fair enough. It just looked like you were in agreement since your post was right after his. I was about to say...are you serial?!

    To be honest, the OP's initial system wouldn't have been that bad. It would have been a decent upgrade over factory, although I'd skip the rears, or do the rears and leave them powered by the HU and faded out unless there are rear passengers.

    OP, what kind of music do you listen to (and how loud do you listen to it) and will you be installing?



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